Wilbert Zarco, Ph.D.

Title
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department
Laboratory of Neural Systems
Institution
The Rockefeller University
Address
1230 York Avenue
City, State, Zip
New York, NY 10065
Country
United States
Phone
(626) 316-9708
E-mail
wzarco[at]mail.rockefeller.edu
Website
http://www.rockefeller.edu/research/faculty/abstract.php?id=325
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
2011
Country Of Origin
Mexico
Mentor Name
Dr. Winrich A. Freiwald

Research

Face perception is the ability that conveys to us information about identity, gender, mood, which all are important for social interactions and ultimately guide our behavior. It has recently been suggested that humans and monkeys share most of the cortical machinery to process this particular object category. In the monkey, faces are processed by a dedicated network of six interconnected face selective patches distributed across the temporal lobe. Thus the face patch system offers a superb opportunity to investigate the neural mechanisms of object perception. We are studying the neural mechanisms that participate in building up complex object selectivity and determine the correlation and causal link between neural signals during varying levels of perceptual awareness of faces. Our approach can overcome limitations that have hampered high-level vision research enhancing the probability of revealing novel knowledge and propose mechanistic theories of object recognition.